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No. 2-ranked Lady Rebs closing gap on top spot

No. 2-ranked Lady Rebs closing gap on top spot
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Slowly, but surely, Obion Central is gaining ground.
The Lady Rebels  —  a season-long No. 2 in the Associated Press Class 2A girls state rankings — are inching closer to top-rated Upperman.
OC, which trailed the Lady Bees by 27 points in the initial poll and was 17 points behind the last two weeks, was just 12 points in back of No. 1 Upperman when the newest listings were released Monday afternoon.
Central (23-1), which shares the same record as the Bees, collected 173 points to Upperman’s 185 in the latest statewide balloting of writers and broadcasters. The Bees did collect 14 first-place votes to the Lady Rebs’ four.
The most noticeable movement in the 2A ranks came when Dyersburg (21-4) fell from sixth to 10th on the heels of a 50-36 loss to Covington.
Reigning state champion McMinn Central also dropped down — from fifth to seventh — following a one-point setback vs. Meigs County.
Creek Wood (5th), Knoxville Fulton (6th) and Manassas (8th) all moved up two spots this week.
In Class 1A, Lake County, which hosts Union City tonight in a tussle of District 14A’s top two girls teams, remained No. 1.
The Lady Falcons (23-3), unbeaten in league play, were a runaway top choice in single-A with 12 first-place votes and 179 total points.
Union City, winners of six straight and in second place in 14A with a 10-2 mark, lost an earlier meeting with LC by 16 points.
Dresden (17-4) cracked the 1A Top 10 for the first time this week after winning its 10th straight game.
Madison Academic (20-4) is ninth, down three spots from a week ago after a two-point loss to Adamsville.
In the boys’ poll, defending state champion Lake County (14-7) is seventh heading into tonight’s District 14A showdown with Union City for first place.
The Falcons, who lost an earlier meeting to UC 63-60, and the Tornadoes will both come in with 10-2 league records.
LC is coming off a 69-61 victory over Class 2A’s No. 7 team, Jackson South Side.
Westview made its debut in the double-A listing for the first time this season, coming in at No. 10 after knocking off District 13AA leader Covington by 12 points Friday.
The Chargers are 18-5 and join fellow West Tennessee and District 14 entries Liberty (No. 2), Bolivar (No. 3) and South Side in the Top 10.
In Class 3A, Dyer County — whose only loss in 25 games came vs. top-ranked Southwind — remained at No. 4.
A complete poll listing can be found on page nine.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 1.31.12

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